The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part One

by Erin on May 12th, 2022

The objective of a Backgammon match is to move your checkers around the game board and get them from the board quicker than your competitor who works harder to attempt the same buthowever they move in the opposing direction. Winning a game of Backgammon requires both strategy and good luck. Just how far you will be able to shift your pieces is left to the numbers from rolling the dice, and just how you move your checkers are decided on by your overall gambling strategies. Enthusiasts use a number of techniques in the different parts of a match depending on your positions and opponent’s.

The Running Game Plan

The goal of the Running Game plan is to bring all your chips into your inside board and pull them off as fast as you can. This plan focuses on the pace of moving your checkers with no efforts to hit or barricade your opponent’s checkers. The ideal scenario to use this strategy is when you think you might be able to move your own pieces faster than your opponent does: when 1) you have a fewer checkers on the game board; 2) all your checkers have moved beyond your opponent’s checkers; or 3) the opposing player doesn’t use the hitting or blocking tactic.

The Blocking Game Plan

The primary goal of the blocking technique, by the title, is to stop the opponent’s pieces, temporarily, while not worrying about moving your chips rapidly. As soon as you have created the blockade for the competitor’s movement with a few checkers, you can move your other chips swiftly off the board. You should also have an apparent plan when to withdraw and move the chips that you used for blocking. The game gets intriguing when the competitor uses the same blocking technique.

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